With plenty of success to boast of, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi will begin his nationwide public rallies from Thursday. Boosted by his recent success in the four state assembly polls, the campaigning of which he single-handedly spearheaded, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate will go with guns blazing at his rivals for more support at the rallies he will address in Karnataka, Mumbai, Goa, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.
On Thursday, Narendra Modi will visit Belgaum in Karnataka. There he will attend a valedictory function of the golden jubilee celebrations of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, run by KLE University. The university is headed by Rajya Sabha member Prabhakar Kore. Though it’s a non-political event, BJP workers are enthusiastic that it would hasten the process of Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) president and former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa’s return to the party.
Next day he will travel to Varanasi to address a public rally. Varanasi is a BJP bastion as out of 14 parliamentary seats in the Poorvanchal region, only Varanasi is in BJP’s kitty. The area that shares its border with Bihar is under the influence of the ruling Samajwadi Party.
“Before addressing the rally, Modi is likely to visit the historic Kashi Vishwanath temple. Kashi (ancient name of Varanasi) holds a significant place in the Ram Temple ideology of Ayodhya, Kashi and Mathura. He is also likely to visit Sankat Mochan temple here,” party spokesperson Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.
The battleground of Uttar Pradesh is being looked after by Modi’s close aide Amit Shah. “With 80 Lok Sabha seats, UP will play an important role in the formation of government at the Centre. We have planned nine Vijay Shankhnaad rallies here. After Varanasi we will have rallies in Bareilly, Gorakhpur and Lucknow,” Pathak added.
Meanwhile, the state administration in Punjab has cancelled Modi’s mega rally at Jagraon in Ludhiana district of Punjab on December 21. Though bad weather conditions was cited as a reason for the cancellation of the rally, it is said that heightened threat perception to the Gujarat chief minister from both the radical outfits and Congress-backed Sikh farmers is being perceived as one of the reason for the last minute cancellation.
The biggest rally during the tour will be held at Mumbai on December 22. The Mahagarjana Rally, as it has been named by the Maharashtra unit of BJP, is expected to to be attended by 5 lakh people at the BKC complex, the central business district of the financial capital of the country.
“We have planned that on one hand it will be a public rally while on the other it will be a rally for booth level workers of the party. We have called each booth workers from the state to come with four others to take guidance from our prime ministerial candidate. It will be a mahasammelan for party workers,” Mohan Bhandari, party spokesman for Maharashtra said. Maharashtra has 86,000 booths where voting takes place during Lok Sabha elections, Each booth will attract crowd of 5 persons so that will ensure participation of 4.50 lakh people in the rally. “We are also expecting huge participation in the rally from the people of Mumbai, Thane and Nashik belt,” Bhandari added.
After Mumbai, Narendra Modi will also address public rallies in Ranchi and Panji in Goa on December 29 and January 12, respectively.